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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing

Add polish to your work no matter what kind of writing you do. Take courses on writing everything from poetry, short stories, memoirs and novels to breaking news, feature stories, press releases and technical documents. Learn how to break into publishing, or strengthen your skills in editing and grammar. Instructors who are published writers ensure you're learning from the very best. If you're ready to make a greater commitment to your craft, our specialized programs of study and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing are the ideal way to formalize your training.

Certificate Programs and Specialized Programs of Study in Writing, Editing and Technical Communication

Certificate Programs

  • highest level of academic achievement offered by UC Berkeley Extension
  • minimum of 140 hours of coursework
  • usually 6–8 required courses and electives
  • achieve intellectual mastery and technical expertise in your chosen field
  • qualifies as an academic credential, which may be included on a résumé

Specialized Programs of Study

  • focused subject concentrations
  • usually 3 or more coordinated courses
  • develop a skill set within a specific area or discipline
  • can carry continuing education units (CEU) or other professional licensure credits

Courses in Writing, Editing and Technical Communication

Pick and choose the courses that work for your educational goals, schedule and needs. Enrolling in a course is as simple as:

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If your course is currently not available, it will be in an upcoming term. If you'd like to be notified when a certain course is available for enrollment, please contact the academic department to learn when the course will be available.

Enrolling in any of the online courses listed below is as easy as:

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Learn more about learning in the online environment.

Courses are offered in Berkeley, San Francisco or Belmont. Enrolling in any of the classroom courses listed below is as easy as:

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  2. Choose a section that works for your schedule.
  3. Add it to your cart.
  4. Log in or create a student account.
  5. Checkout

Please use the course search to find courses within this area of study.